The 2014-15 Dublin School Snowboard Team season experienced great success in re-entering the competition series within the Lakes Region League for the first time in five years. Since last year, the team gained thirteen new snowboarders and had an entirely new level of commitment and expectations. Starting on day one, the team began a dynamic and strenuous training plan designed by Strength Coach, John Adams, and me to put our competitors in the best position to bring home wins this season. During this time, the team built strong core values and principles to carry through the entire season.
During the winter season, the team traveled to three giant slalom races and four slope style competitions at a variety of mountains and terrain. On January 14, 2015, the team traveled to Gunstock Mountain for their first GS racing competition. Our boys’ team finished in seventh place of eight teams and our two girls both had great first races. Everyone showed great potential for the rest of the season. The following week, our boys’ slope style team entered their first slope style competition at Sunapee hosted by Cardigan Mountain School on a beautiful day. Dublin School placed third out of eight teams with great performances by every rider.
On January 28th, the team traveled back to Gunstock to a GS race hosted by Brewster. Our boys significantly improved, finishing third of seven teams and our girls did as well, coming in fourth out of six teams. On Wednesday, February 11, the Dublin School snowboarding team set out at 6:00 am for the Lakes Region Championship competition at Bretton Woods (NH). Our morning began with the GS race; the course offered a challenge being shorter and slower than our previous terrain. The boys placed fourth of seven teams and our two female competitors put in a fantastic effort. The afternoon brought on the highlight of the season. Our six competitors trained vigorously for this competition, all hoping to improve on their previous results. Grant Holliday, our senior captain, was thrilled to be competing after a long season of fighting injuries and watching competitions. Dublin finished the day in first place, making Dublin School history! The team continued the season entering two more slope style competitions. They placed second at Ragged Mountain behind Holderness School and then first at our first home competition hosted at Crotched Mountain.
Each and every team member this year made fantastic progress and contributed to the success in some way. With fantastic leadership by our captains, Grant Holliday, Emil Hristache, and Ian Stanford, everyone should be absolutely thrilled with their performance this year and I hope they had some fun along the way.